Despite mounting evidence of targeted violence, immigration judges seldom recognize that Mexican nationals have a “well-founded fear of persecution”- the substantive criteria for asylum in the United States.
Recently, The Nation and The New York Times disclosed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) may be involved in the transfer of suspected terrorists to Somalia for detention and interrogation, in violation of US and international law.
Victims of persecution and torture should never be at the mercy of a filing deadline to gain asylum. Most asylum seekers do not realize that they only have one year after their arrival to apply for asylum. If they miss this deadline, they risk being sent back to their countries and into the hands of their tormentors.
As legal challenges to Secure Communities make their way through courts across the country, Cook County, Illinois has found a bold and creative way around this destructive program. Last week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to stop complying with ICE requests to hold immigrants convicted of misdemeanors and traffic violations.
The White House recently reaffirmed its commitment to closing Guantanamo—a commitment President Obama made almost three years ago when he signed an executive order mandating its closure within a year.